Description: Take a trip on a traditional wooden boat – based on those used in the 18th and 19th centuries to transport goods and especially wine down the Dordogne River.

Location: Most start in La Roque Gageac on D703, 3 km SE of Beynac and 12 km S of Sarlat.

General Info: Several  ‘cruise’ companies ply the Dordogne river, but the most well known are Les Gabares Norbert.   Their summer trip of a 1 hour round trip is approx Adults €8 and children €5. Commentary in English. Longer trips available from Vitrac and Calviac out of season.

Our Recommendations: Book in advance particularly during the summer months. We have taken the trip with children too young to go in a canoe, and have booked a trip on the way to dropping off older family members at a ‘Location de Canoe’.

For the Children: Nothing beats a DIY canoe ride down the river, but this is an alternative suitable for families with toddlers.


Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to the Dordogne: